Notice what they are doing. They're not working, they're reading! I remember yelling at them to get back to work but they kept getting distracted by the books. I could not have been happier. When I see that sort of thing occur, I know I'm making headway in teaching students how to read.
I've also taught adults reading and writing skills and helped them gain the skills and knowledge necessary to take the GED. Teaching adults usually centers around rechecking phonics, improving fluency, teaching comprehension, and test taking skills. Most adults have a reasonable grasp of phonics but often a review of phonics rules and in particular, the exceptions, can be very useful. The biggest problem with teaching adults, and this goes for art or reading classes, is getting adults to be patient with themselves. Little kids are used to making mistakes and getting things wrong, whereas adults, take mistakes personally, and the patience they would extend to teaching children, they do not grant themselves. Adults studying towards their GED often bring a lot of negative baggage about education in general, which takes time to wade through.
This site will eventually contain all my reading teacher information. I'm migrating and editing my general blogspot blog, which is mostly reading to this site, an actual site for reading. It will eventually be a personal site of just what I'm doing around the house which usually centers around gardening, biking, cooking, making jewelry, house maintenance, and maybe what I'm reading.
The links tab, at the top, will take you to all my teaching experiences with all age and ability levels, from kindergarten through college age.
I started this December, 2012.
The format is an adapted picture window template from google blogger. Seems nice and easy to use so far!